Human toll and suffering in Syria are ‘sickening’: UN relief chief

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UNITED NATIONS, April 29 (APP): The UN relief chief has described the heavy human toll and immense suffering in Syria as “sickening,” and said the global community should be “ashamed” that this is happening on its watch.

“It does not require me to say to each and every member of the Security Council, that the impact of five long years of conflict in Syria defies understanding, let alone its description, Stephen O’Brien, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, told the 15-member body during a monthly humanitarian update on Thursday.

O’Brien’s update came as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned Wednesday’s aerial strikes against Al Quds hospital in Aleppo. According to a statement issued by his spokesperson, civil society groups report at least 20 people were killed as a result of the attack, including three children and the area’s last paediatrician. Mr. expressed his deep condolences to the bereaved families.